The Fulton Street Collective is proud to present series writer and novelist Rafael Alvarez reading from his new book "Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown" on Thursday April 19 at 7pm. The evening will also feature and installation and live painting from artists Amy Rodriguez and Johan Bresley.
Rafael Alvarez is a writer of fiction and screenplays based in Baltimore and Los Angeles…A former staff writer for the HBO series "The Wire" and City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Alvarez is the author of four books of fiction, including his latest "Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown." ..His work has been praised by the likes of Azar Nafisi and National Book Award winner James McBride, who said: "These are stories from the treasure chest of one of America's most talented scribes, and I am glad he shared them with us."
Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown:
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Fountain of Highlandtown, this new collection of fiction from a master storyteller continues to mine the lives of Americans we rarely hear about. In Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown, Rafael Alvarez returns to his main theme of exile, the heartbreak of leaving and being left behind set to the sound track of the Beatles, Dylan, and Zappa. From the East Baltimore immigrants stirring the old country back to life in deep-bellied pots and cast iron skillets to the lovers stroking the relics of lost romance, Alvarez's characters yearn for the lost and struggle mightily to make memory as tangible as flesh.